Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 7:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vintage Vibes: West Coast Rockabilly Showdown

Vintage Vibes: West Coast Rockabilly Showdown

Bands'll by out, doing their twangy-cool style thing, in Costa Mesa. Read »

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

TV Jumps to Theatre: "I Love Lucy" Live

TV Jumps to Theatre:

A feisty favorite from a few years back heads for the Segerstrom. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The OC in the OC

The OC in the OC

Peter Gallagher swings by the Segerstrom to sing, tell stories, and entertain. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

100+ Savory Choices: OC Restaurant Week

100+ Savory Choices: OC Restaurant Week

Prix fixe finds and special events dot the county with deliciousness. Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Summer Calling: Here Come the OC Fair Concerts

Summer Calling: Here Come the OC Fair Concerts

Call it a breath of summery relaxation in the wintertime. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costa Mesa Quirky: Off Center Festival

Costa Mesa Quirky: Off Center Festival

Music and performance with panache? It's a Segerstrom thing. Read »

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ball Gowns 'n Books: "Beauty and the Beast" Live

Ball Gowns 'n Books:

The Segerstrom presents the fairy tale, complete with a whimsical pre-show. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Evita" + All the Special Extras

Going to the Segerstrom show? Arrive early. Read »

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Spooky: Hearse Gathering

A few dozen vehicles'll wend their way into Costa Mesa for a pre-Halloween... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Time to Shine Up That Hearse

Time to Shine Up That Hearse

It's year 14 for one of the largest 'n most lively hearse happenings in the nation. Read »

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About
A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.
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